The UACES Best Book Prize is awarded annually for the book that has made the most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of contemporary European Studies.
Scroll down for competition rules, eligibility and how to enter the 2017 prize.
The 2016 UACES prize for best book was awarded to Theresa Kuhn for her book Experiencing European Integration: Transnational Lives and European Identity.
Theresa’s book re-examines Karl Deutsch’s theory that, through European Integration, Europeans become aware of their shared values and beliefs, and eventually acquire a common 'we feeling'.
Kuhn puts these expectations under scrutiny by developing a comprehensive theoretical model that helps us understand how transnational interactions relate to orientations towards European integration. An extensive analysis of survey data covering the 27 EU member states provides a thorough empirical test of transactionalist hypotheses. Findings show that individual transnationalism strongly and positively influences EU support, but that only a young, wealthy, and highly educated minority take part in cross-border interactions.
Kuhn was praised for her ‘rigorous quantitative analysis’ and – as one member of the jury concluded – ‘Kuhn's work offers an important refinement to one of the longer-standing ideas in European Studies, namely the value of transactions. By pointing out the limitations and counter-productive-ness of such transactions, it helps to cast light on the current problems that European integration is facing.’
The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2017.
To be eligible for the award, the book must:
- have a publication date in 2016;
- be written in English (or translated into English);
- be authored by an Individual or Student member of UACES (the prize is open to single-, dual- or multi-authored books, but NOT edited volumes).
Publishers are invited to nominate books for the prize. They should supply two copies of each nominated book to the UACES office, clearly identifying the books as nominations for the prize.
The prize is 100 GBP and the winning author will be invited to attend our Annual Conference as our guest and to collect the prize.
- The jury's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
- No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries;
- UACES does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt;
- UACES reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion;
- Books will not be returned;
- Subsequent requests for book reviews will not be passed on to the jury;
- Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.